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What to do in Seattle?

post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
I am going to Seattle next month with my girlfriend. She is originally from there, but hasn't been back in probably 10 years. Is there anything we should do/see/eat? I'm not sure what to do besides take a picture in front of the Space Needle and the first Starbucks.
post #2 of 43
Get out to Bainbridge Island via the ferry: http://www.bainbridgeisland.com/ And see: http://www.bloedelreserve.org/

If you have a car- Amavi/pepperbrdige's tasting room in Woodinville (Seattle burb): http://www.amavicellars.com/tasting-rooms/ great representations of Walla Walla wine making.

Pike's Place just because you have to and it's right there.

Mario Batali's dad's place: http://www.salumicuredmeats.com/
post #3 of 43
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Great! Thanks!
post #4 of 43
I have family in Seattle and have been visiting there at least once a year for a long time. Right by the first Starbucks at Pike Place market is a place called Beecher's. They have by far the best mac and cheese I've ever had in my life. It's worth going to the tourist trap that Pike Place market is just for it.

Serious Pie in downtown Seattle is a really good place for lighter and more fancier pizza. I would also reccomend going on a boat ride and eating lots of seafood. Seattle also has lots of good local crafts beers too, if you are into that. Discovery Park is a great park to walk or run through too.

I agree with Cary Grant in that going to Bainbridge Island is a really nice time.
post #5 of 43
Thread Starter 
Well, we have Beecher's here in New York so I'll pass on that. Probably pass on the pizza being that this is New York as well. wink.gif

I do plan on having a lot of seafood.
post #6 of 43
Thread Starter 
Well, we have Beecher's here in New York so I'll pass on that. Probably pass on the pizza being that this is New York as well. wink.gif

I do plan on having a lot of seafood.
post #7 of 43
there's a good donut shop (voodoo? confused.gif), but now that i think of it it's probably in portland.....


**filson store!
post #8 of 43
I've only been to Seattle for a conference, which means all I did was eat and drink. But I ate and drank incredibly well and that was all I really wanted to do. I really enjoyed Cafe Campagne (right off of the Pike Place Market)--pleasant bistro with solid food and wine. I thought Shiro's was spectacularly good for sushi, and I really liked Long Provincial for Vietnamese. Taylor Shellfish for oysters at happy hour. Maybe the only disappointment I had was making the trek to Salumi for lunch--just made me feel kind of gross afterwards.
post #9 of 43
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there's a good donut shop (voodoo? confused.gif), but now that i think of it it's probably in portland.....


**filson store!

 

voodoo is in portland and its overrated. 

 

I loved the store totokaelo man. Its in capitol hill and I love the space they have.

 

If you want to do some out doorsy stuff go paddle boarding or kayaking. 

 

For the mac and cheese, I like skillets better. You should def try their food there. 

 

I tend to just enjoy walking around and going on photowalks with another photographer. So I usually just walk around the various parks like gasworks, discovery, kerry, and tend to stay in capitol hill, fremont, or ballard. 

post #10 of 43
Serious Pie is pretty good pizza but there is no AC in the place, it's always crowded and the wait for food can be long... if it's 80-ish outside, with the oven blasting it can be pretty hot.

Douglas' "Dahlia" is good.
post #11 of 43

Sweet Iron Waffles

 

Go there at least once for breakfast.
 

Also, do the underground tour in Pioneer Square. Not sure if soccer or baseball is your thing but Safeco is a great stadium (and mostly empty so buy the cheap seats and walk down to field level) and Qwest Field makes for a good soccer environment.

post #12 of 43
Thread Starter 
All great info, thanks folks.
post #13 of 43
I'd echo the suggestion for Shiro's as well as Cafe Campagne. Tom Douglas' places are good too - Etta's is right at Pike Place.
Canon is extraordinary for bourbon, cocktails and the small plates are pretty nice too.
We ate well at Sitka & Spruce as well as at Walrus & the Carpenter. Both do seafood with great respect.

WIld Ginger is a good restaurant if you like Asian food, but the best part of that place is the wine list - ask for the big book which has an incredible selection of older wines from Germany, Austria and Alsace amongst many other treasures at pretty reasonable prices.

Ferry ride out to Bainbridge provides a better view of the city than the space needle and there is a nice little village over there to wander around and shop.

We have small kids so places like the Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Science Centre, Experience Music Project are usually on our itinerary but these are all pretty fun for adults too. Flight museum out at Boeing Field is well done.

Elliot Bay bookshop in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is great and that whole area is nice for wandering around and exploring.

UW campus is pretty.
post #14 of 43
this is what I sent a friend. my bro lives in SEA and helped me get some recos together.

Best restaurants
Canlis - http://canlis.com/ - probably the best fine dining in Seattle. Jacket required

Shiro's - http://www.shiros.com/ - Shiro worked for Jiro from Jiro Dreams of Sushi many years ago. One of Jiro's newer chefs recently moved here too. Best is to sit at the sushi bar and get the omakase, but it can get very crowded

RN74 - http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rnwa.php - Chef Michael Mina; his SF restaurant of the same name received restaurant of the year

Walrus and Carpenter - http://thewalrusbar.com/ - best oysters, and very good happy hour. Some of the best seafood in seattle in a small space. Gets very crowded, and should arrive as soon as happy hour starts as they take no reservations

Tom Douglas Restaurants - local restauranteur, has many locations in the downtown area. Here's a few
Palace Kitchen - http://tomdouglas.com/index.php/restaurants/palace-kitchen
Serious Pie - http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=serious-pie

Sightseeing
Seattle Center
Space Needle
Pike Market
The wheel
Snoqualmie falls

There's also a Din Tai Fung in Bellevue.

Outlet mall in Tualip that's good (Filson!) and a place called the Bravern (high end mall with Neimans, etc) out in Bellevue where MSFT headquarters is...there's a dope steakhouse there called John Howie Steak...they have tempura fried bacon, etc. Also has "Trophy Cupcakes"

REI flagship is out there near downtown.

Social and nightlife...Belltown is good area to check out for drinks, etc.

Tom Douglas is the local restaurant baron. He has a bunch of places around town.

Near Pike Market is an awesome chowder place called "Pike Chowder" that has a bomb seared scallop chowder. Gave me gout though. hah. There's also the Beecher's Cheese flagship store...right next to Starbucks #1.

Mario Batali's dad has a salumieria place called...salumi near the train station.

Donut shop is Top Pot doughnuts. kind of famous, competes with Voodoo.

Famous Fried chicken spot that Oprah winfrey likes called "Ezell's"

Few museums like Boeing, the Dale Chilluly, etc.


Of course, Vancouver BC is 2.5 hours away and Portland is 3 hours away. my brother REALLY cleaned up at that Filson outlet store BTW...great great deals that he got when he was there. There's also a lululemon outlet there too.
post #15 of 43
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this is what I sent a friend. my bro lives in SEA and helped me get some recos together. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Best restaurants
Canlis - http://canlis.com/ - probably the best fine dining in Seattle. Jacket required

Shiro's - http://www.shiros.com/ - Shiro worked for Jiro from Jiro Dreams of Sushi many years ago. One of Jiro's newer chefs recently moved here too. Best is to sit at the sushi bar and get the omakase, but it can get very crowded

RN74 - http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rnwa.php - Chef Michael Mina; his SF restaurant of the same name received restaurant of the year

Walrus and Carpenter - http://thewalrusbar.com/ - best oysters, and very good happy hour. Some of the best seafood in seattle in a small space. Gets very crowded, and should arrive as soon as happy hour starts as they take no reservations

Tom Douglas Restaurants - local restauranteur, has many locations in the downtown area. Here's a few
Palace Kitchen - http://tomdouglas.com/index.php/restaurants/palace-kitchen
Serious Pie - http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=serious-pie

Sightseeing
Seattle Center
Space Needle
Pike Market
The wheel
Snoqualmie falls

There's also a Din Tai Fung in Bellevue.

Outlet mall in Tualip that's good (Filson!) and a place called the Bravern (high end mall with Neimans, etc) out in Bellevue where MSFT headquarters is...there's a dope steakhouse there called John Howie Steak...they have tempura fried bacon, etc. Also has "Trophy Cupcakes" Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
REI flagship is out there near downtown.

Social and nightlife...Belltown is good area to check out for drinks, etc.

Tom Douglas is the local restaurant baron. He has a bunch of places around town.

Near Pike Market is an awesome chowder place called "Pike Chowder" that has a bomb seared scallop chowder. Gave me gout though. hah. There's also the Beecher's Cheese flagship store...right next to Starbucks #1.

Mario Batali's dad has a salumieria place called...salumi near the train station.

Donut shop is Top Pot doughnuts. kind of famous, competes with Voodoo.

Famous Fried chicken spot that Oprah winfrey likes called "Ezell's"

Few museums like Boeing, the Dale Chilluly, etc.


Of course, Vancouver BC is 2.5 hours away and Portland is 3 hours away. my brother REALLY cleaned up at that Filson outlet store BTW...great great deals that he got when he was there. There's also a lululemon outlet there too.

Those are pretty solid suggestions.
But a couple of comments.
The Filson outlet is actually in Burlington which is another 30 min or so north of Tulalip outlet.
There's really no reason at all to go to the Bravern unless you're going to John Howie Steak. The NM there is pathetic, at least the men's dept.
Also MSFT headquarters is in Redmond.
The wait at Din Tai Fung can be pretty hellish.
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